1.1. BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
One of the major functions of the government especially developing countries such as Nigeria is the provision of infrastructural services such as electricity, schools, hospitals, pipe-borne water, good roads and as well as ensure a rise in per-capital income, poverty alleviation to mention a few.
For these services to be adequately provided, government should have enough revenue to finance them. The task of financing these enormous responsibilities is one of the major problems facing the government. Based on the limited resources of government, there is need to carry the citizens (governed) along hence the imposition of tax on all taxable individuals and companies/organizations to augment government financial position is essential.
To this end, government have always enacted various tax laws and reformed existing ones to stand the taste of time. These laws include: Income Tax Management Act (ITMA), Companies Income Tax Decree (CITD) etc.
All these are aimed at ensuring adherence to tax payment and discouraging tax evasion and avoidance. For the purpose of this study, the researchers would be concerned with the impact of taxation on Nigeria economy.
1.2. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The first need of any modern government is to generate enough revenue which is indeed “the breath of its nostrils”. Thus, taxation is by far one the most significant source of revenue for the government. Nigerians regard payment of tax as a means through which government raises revenue on herself at the expense of their sweat.
It is good to note that no taxation succeeds without the tax payers’ co-operation. Here, we can ask some thought – provoking questions such as:
In view of the above questions, this study is going to be carried out to offer solutions to them.
We shall also look at the following issues and offer recommendations:
1.3 OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
The general objective of the study is to assess the effect that taxation has towards the development/growth of Nigerian economy.
However, the specific objective of the study includes:
Generally, this work is done to find out if tax constitutes the bulk of government revenue and to erase the erroneous that it is an exploitation by government for their selfish interest.
1.4 RESEARCH QUESTION
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
One of the most frequently discussed issues in Nigeria is how to solve the economic hardship in the country and how to create an industrial base that can guarantee self sustaining economic development. Also one wonders why a country which is richly endowed with the necessary human and material resources and which the people pay tax has been turned a heavily indebted country.
The study will afford us the opportunity to:
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The scope of this study covers critical examinations on the impact of taxation on Nigerian economy. It will also analyze other related issues such as structure and administrative machinery of tax in Nigeria and their associated problems. The essence of this digression is to possibly find out the obstacles if any, that hinder the effective collection and administration of tax in the country.
The reference period for this study is 2000 – 2011. Inability of the researcher to procure current data forced the researcher to utilize only available ones. Data for this study were collected from Board of Internal Revenue and National Bureau of Statistics, Enugu.
B. LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY
It is obvious that a research work like this cannot be carried out without some hindrances. There are constraints that limit the work of the researchers amongst which are:
Finally, the academic workload on the campus is one of the limiting factors on this research work. Despite all these constraints, the researchers were able to carry out a fair and effective study on this topic.
1.7 ASSUMPTIONS OF THE STUDY
The researchers in carrying out this study, will make the following assumptions:
1.8 FORMULATION OF HYPOTHESIS
To enable the researcher test if there is any impact taxation has on the Nigeria Economy; some statistical model will be used based on the responses from oral interview carried out and the questionnaires distributed and also statistical data generated from the appropriate sources. The data generated from all these will be used to test the following hypothetical statements:
The null hypothesis (Ho): Revenue generated from tax does not make any positive impact on the economic development of the nation.
The alternative hypothesis (H1): Revenue generated from tax has a positive impact on the economic development of the nation.
The null hypothesis (Ho): Taxation has no significant impact on GDP, Inflation and Unemployment.
The alternative hypothesis (Ho): Taxation has a significant impact on GDP, Inflation and Unemployment.
The null hypothesis (Ho): That revenue generated from tax is so meager compared to revenue from other sources as such, government can do without tax.
The alternative hypothesis (H1): That is a major source of government revenue and as such government cannot do without tax.
1.9 DEFINITION OF TERMS
Tax: A compulsory levy by the government on its citizens for the provision of public goods and services.
Tax Base: The object which is taxed for instance personal income, company profit.
Tax incidence: This is the effect and where the burden of
taxation is finally rested.
FBIRS: (Federal Board of Inland Revenue Services): It is an operational arm of Federal Board of Inland Revenue which is responsible for the Federal Tax Matters.
CITA: (Company Income Tax Act) It is a Federal Law operated by the FIRS, which deals with the taxation of all limited liability companies in Nigeria with the exception of those engaged in petroleum operations.
JTB: (Joint Tax Board) Is established under section 85 (2) of Decree of 104 of 1993 to arbitrate on tax disputes between one state tax authority and another.
VAT: (Value Added Tax) is a multistage tax levied and collected on transactions at all stages of sales and distribution.
CGTA: (Capital Gain Tax Act) is an act that stipulates that all capital gains arising on disposal of assets of individuals, partnership and limited companies should be taxed.
PPTA: (Petroleum Profit Tax Act) is an act that regulates the petroleum profit tax and also specifies how profit from petroleum will be taxed.
Withholding Tax: This is tax charged on investment income namely: rents, interest, royalties and dividends. Presently it is charged as the tax offset.
Progressive Tax: This is a tax incidence that increases as the size of income increases.
Regressive Tax: A tax is regressive when its tax rate decreases as the income increases.
Excise Duties: They are taxes levied on some goods manufactured within a country.
Persons: It includes all taxable persons be it individual or corporate bodies.